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News By and About US Troops

VIDEO: Martial Law. U.S. Army prepares to invade U.S. – Global Research 10/10/08

FEMA sources confirm coming martial law – Global Research 10/9/08

Army investigates chemical exposure – Raw Story 9/24/08

KBR denies knowingly harming troops with carcinogenic toxins.

We regret to inform you. – Metafilter 9/13/08

In Their Boots is a new online “magazine show” about the impact of the wars on US servicemembers and their families.

Troop electocutions higher than reported – Raw Story 9/9/08

The new Nazi army: How the U.S. military is allowing the far-right to join its ranks. – Metafilter 9/7/08

Nazis in the military is dedicated to the investigative project undertaken by journalist Matthew Kennard while studying for a MS in Investigative Journalism at Columbia University in New York. It was completed over six months and explores the increasingly liberal attitude of the U.S. military to neo-Nazis and white supremacists serving in the armed forces.

16 troops commit suicide in Iraq – PressTV, Iran 9/8/08

Iraqi security sources have revealed that 21 US troops had committed suicide inside a former Iraqi air force base 27 days ago, Fars News Agency reported on Monday.According to the sources, the 21 troops were treated in a hospital but only five soldiers have survived and they are in a critical condition.  

365: A Guide to Coming Back – Tips from one solider to another on readjusting to being home again – ArmyofDude 9/11/08

The VA Continues to Abandon Returning Vets – Alternet 9/4/08

Another tour of duty for iRobot – CNET 9/2/08

U.S. Army to re-up $200 million contract for general robots, services, and training, as well as PackBots.

We Blew Her To Pieces: Winter Soldier Iraq and Afghanistan – Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupation – review by Dahr Jamail on IPSNews 9/16/08

“Winter Soldier Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupation,” published by Haymarket Books Tuesday, is a gut-wrenching, historic chronicle of what the U.S. military has done to Iraq, as well as its own soldiers.
Authored by Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) and journalist Aaron Glantz, the book is a reader for hearings that took place in Silver Spring, Maryland between Mar. 13-16, 2008 at the National Labour College.
“I remember one woman walking by,” said Jason Washburn, a corporal in the U.S. Marines who served three tours in Iraq. “She was carrying a huge bag, and she looked like she was heading toward us, so we lit her up with the Mark 19, which is an automatic grenade launcher, and when the dust settled, we realised that the bag was full of groceries. She had been trying to bring us food and we blew her to pieces.” …Four days of searing testimony, witnessed by this writer, is consolidated into the book, which makes for a difficult read. One page after another is filled with devastating stories from the soldiers about what is being done in Iraq…
Scott Ewing, who served in Iraq from 2005-2006, admitted on one panel that units intentionally gave candy to Iraqi children for reasons other than “winning hearts and minds”.
“There was also another motive,” Ewing said, “If the kids were around our vehicles, the bad guys wouldn’t attack. We used the kids as human shields.”
Glantz admits that it would be difficult for the average U.S. citizen to read the book, and believes it is important to keep in mind while doing so what it took for the veterans to give this historic testimony.
“They could have been heroes, but what they are doing here is even more heroic — which is telling the truth,” Glantz told IPS. “They didn’t have to come forward. They chose to come forward.”
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